Hand Therapy

Your hands are an essential part of everything you do. An injury or other limitation to your hands can significantly affect your daily life. Banner Health’s hand therapists specialize in treating hand and upper extremity conditions. We design a comprehensive, customized treatment plan to maximize your recovery, and support you each step of the way to get you back to normal activity as soon as possible. 

What Is Hand Therapy?

Hand therapy helps patients regain function and relieve pain of the hand, arm, wrist, finger, forearm and elbow. Treatment may include strength training, stretching, joint mobilization, manual therapy, mobility training, adaptive equipment training, splinting and other modalities. It can help patients with injuries, post-surgery rehabilitation, illness, disease and pain.

Who Can Benefit from Hand Therapy?

If you have an injury, a chronic condition or pain affecting your hand or upper extremity, you may consider hand therapy to aid recovery. Hand therapy can be used to treat many conditions, including:

  • Pain
  • Dislocations and sprains
  • Broken bones/fractures
  • Burns and scars
  • Cuts, infections, and wounds
  • Jammed fingers and joints
  • Joint stiffness
  • Tendon injuries
  • Pulled muscles
  • Swelling, numbness, tingling, weakness
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Work-related injuries, poor ergonomics, posture, over-use problems
  • Post-surgical procedures
  • Amputations and prosthetic training
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome 
  • Stroke

How Does Hand Therapy Work? 

The goal of hand therapy is to help you relieve pain, increase mobility, and return to normal, productive activity as quickly as possible.

Banner Physical Therapy’s hand therapy program begins with a thorough evaluation to build an effective treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Our therapists use the latest research, advancements and techniques, including custom splints, therapeutic taping, hands-on-manipulation and wound and scar care. 

Our team consists of board-certified hand therapists, physical therapists and experienced occupational therapists. We work closely with other specialists, including orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine experts and rehabilitation physicians to ensure your successful recovery. 

What to Expect from Hand Therapy

Hand therapy can help you recover more quickly and fully. Benefits of hand therapy include regaining or maintaining movement, managing or relieving pain, desensitizing nerve injury/trauma, recovering nerve sensitivity, improving dexterity, increasing strength, correcting/preventing injury and learning adaptive techniques. 

If you have questions about hand therapy, reach out to us at any time.  

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